Saturday, April 16, 2005


SHALL I BIKE 2000 MILES THRU INDIA? On Friday, a fellow Free Methodist and cycling enthusiast shared with me his plan to raise awareness and support for a Free Methodist hospital in Umri, India by launching an effort that will culminate in a 2000-mile bicycle journey from New Delhi to the southern tip of India in 2007. The ride would include only a handful of cyclists...and I could be one. While I salivate at the prospect and support the project, I have to seriously consider whether or not I am up for riding 100 kilometers a day, day after day for six weeks through the middle of India. I will give this some prayerful consideration.

3 comments:

  1. Sounds like a once in a lifetime experience. I say go for it brother!

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  2. As a minister of the Word, will you be preaching Christ crucified for sinners in India? "But how are they to call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, 'How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!'" Romans 10:14-15

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  3. I'm not sure what you intend by your question, or in what spirit it is asked. Not sure if I will pass your litmus test, but it doesn't matter: my life is lived to the glory of God, not for being checked and second-guessed by others.

    However...I believe the tour organizer anticipates there will be opportunity to preach the Good News in India.

    You are familiar, I am sure, with Francis of Assissi's dictum: "Preach the Gospel at all times, and, if necessary, use words."

    I wonder if it is true that in thoroughly pluralistic societies--and in societies like India, in which Christianity has been perceived through the filter of a long and an unwanted (even abusive)social and political colonialism--the Gospel's action of incarnated compassion and creative love (such as the free hospital I would ride to raise support for) are the first and necessary "hearing" that authenticates the spoken word? Harvie Conn says "evangelism is preaching grace and doing justice." One without the other is a half-Gospel.

    By the way, until you publish your profile, mryang, will will no longer respond to your comments and will likely remove any further comments you place on my blog. "There is nothing hidden that will not be revealed."

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